The NEC4 Professional Services Short Contract (PSSC) is a published form of contract developed by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) for procuring professional services in the construction industry.
It is designed for simple projects with low risks and is suitable for engaging consultants, designers, or other professional service providers.
The PSSC is a fixed-price contract that is designed to promote collaboration and good communication between the parties involved. It includes provisions for Early Warning of potential issues and encourages the parties to work collaboratively to find solutions.
The contract is divided into four sections:
1. Contract Data: This section sets out the key information about the project, including the scope of work, the fee, and the key dates.
2. Scope: This section describes the services to be provided by the professional service provider, including any deliverables, performance indicators, or other requirements.
3. Time: This section sets out the timetable for the project, including key dates for completion of deliverables and any other milestones.
4. Payment: This section describes how the professional service provider will be paid for their services, including the fee, payment terms, and any other payment-related provisions.
The PSSC also includes standard clauses for termination, dispute resolution, intellectual property rights, and liability. It is designed to be used in conjunction with the NEC4 Professional Services Contract (PSC), which is a more comprehensive contract form for more complex projects.
Overall, the NEC4 Professional Services Short Contract is a flexible and collaborative contract form that provides a clear framework for engaging professional service providers in simple projects with low risks.
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